Lazy Weekends

M and I have become quite comfortable with our lazy weekends these past few months.

We love going out and spending time with our friends, or even just the two of us out at restaurants or bars. 

But lately we have been home-bodies on the weekends. I tend to fall asleep on the couch at a whim (a consciously chosen whim, but nonetheless). We light fires, or turn on the electric fireplace/heater, snuggle up under super soft fuzzy blankets, and watch our shows or movies. 

Cold and rainy dreary weather always provides an easy excuse to stay in. Then we think “Hey, we should cook something tonight”, and make dinner – using some of our food stuff up, and saving money at the same time. It’s marvelous.

We also have officially broken in our new oven/stove! It’s a dual oven and flat burner from whirlpool. And, best part ever, it came with a sticker that says “America” on it. Why? Because ‘merica. Duh.

Good times, good friends….poor Tigers!

I know, I know. I am failing at this 365 posts thing. Moving right along…

Last night we met up with friends at Home Team Grill to watch the Auburn-Florida bowl game. A good chunk of my extended family was actually in CA for the game, all of us Auburn supporters. Most of my family is going / went / will go to Auburn, except for me, my brother, and one other cousin. It was a good game, with a great first half…but then we lost it in the end. Super sad!

Anyhoo, Home Team Grill is a sports pub nestled in Eagle Village, right across (or I guess part of) University of Mary Washington. Jerseys from different teams, including UMW’s rugby team, and paintings decorate the walls. The menu is pretty standard sports fare – burgers, wings, wraps, and a fairly impressive salad list. HTG also does Happy Hour and food specials – Tuesdays are half off burgers, Wednesdays are wing nights, and Happy Hour drinks usually run until 7:00, with wine specials!

More memorable is the sheer amount of fun M and I have with our buddies. JC recently popped back into my life – we were friends in college and hung out for a couple of years before drifting apart. He and his wife are friends of friends, so they have been part of the group for a couple of years now. JC is absolutely hilarious, and anytime we spend time with him and his wife, we are always hysterically laughing over the most absurdly stupid things. Old friends, mixed with new friends, equals fun.

Tasty Thai

Last night, M and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Tarntip Thai.

Located on Route 1, Tarntip is close to UMW, nestled in the midst of a few other shops. M and I have been here probably 4 times now, and we have not been disappointed a single time.

I always start with the Curry Puffs. Two crispy pastries filled with curry paste, chicken, peas, and potatoes. These are served hot, with a cucumber raita, and carrot garnish. They are always delicious. I do occasionally wish there was a dipping sauce to match them, but they are good on their own. 

I usually get the Beef Kapow – a medium spicy dish where you choose your protein, and it is served with basil, red and green peppers, and cooked in a delicious broth. It also comes with white rice.

M varies his choices – he enjoyed the won ton soup last night and a deep fried seafood special: crab, shrimp, and squid. It was served with a thick garlicky sauce, and he (no surprise) cleaned his plate. He has also had Tom Yum, extra spicy please, and Lad Na.

Overall, Tarntip is a great place for a quick, consistently delicious meal. The service is always good, and the food comes out quickly. Unfortunately Tarntip never has a crowd there, but hopefully they continue to serve Fredericksburg for many more years!

It’s snoooowing!

Big fat fluffy snowflakes. They almost look like pieces of styrofoam boxes flittering down.

I know it probably won’t stay overnight, but still – the moment we stop experiencing joy at snowflakes, we grow old and boring.

Also, fun fact: we accidentally bought blue ‘champagne’ from Italy. I shall post a picture at some point!

Happy New Year!

Welcome, 2014!

There’s a quote that keeps popping up on Facebook and Pinterest: Today is the first page of a 365-page book.

So, I figure the universe is giving me a challenge. A post a day?

I will try it. The posts may be brief, snuck in between naps and eventually diaper changes and feedings, but they shall be posted!

Have a lovely, fresh clean day!